Mental Health: Funding

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:51 pm on 12th March 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Murphy Baroness Murphy Crossbench 2:51 pm, 12th March 2007

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply, but it is not entirely consistent with information made available to me by local services directly. This year, about £30 million is being transferred directly from mental health; next year, about £60 million will be. Does the Minister agree that that, at a time when mental health services are meant to be a priority, is not helpful to developing and modernising mental health services? Does he not also agree that if acute hospitals balance their budgets by raiding easy targets such as education, mental health and services for older people, it militates against developing a sound and responsible financial regime in NHS acute hospitals? Is this just NHS business as usual?

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molijana
Posted on 20 Mar 2007 2:39 pm (Report this annotation)

many services have been cut in kent due to money being dragged back from mental health
mental health money should be ring fenced with a hands of policy
mental health affects everyone to some degree or another we need more funding not less